Ipomoea triloba

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Common name: Little-bell[1]

Ipomoea triloba
Ipomoea triloba BM.jpg
Photo by John B
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. triloba
Binomial name
Ipomoea triloba
Natural range of Ipomoea triloba from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


I. triloba is a perennial forb or vine. It belongs to the Covolvulaceae family. This species is not native to the continental United States.[2]


I. triloba is not native to the continental United States, and it has been introduced to California and Florida.[2] It is found throughout the West Indies, New World tropics, and Old World tropics.[1]



This species can be found in hammocks, sand dunes, disturbed areas[3] especially roadside ditches as well as gardens and planted shrubbery.[4] It has been found in dry to moist loamy and sandy soil.[4]

Associated Species - Cyperus erythrorhizos, Panicum dichotomiflorum, Bidens bipinnata and Fatoua villosa, Carex, Polypogon, Verbena, I. cordatotriloba,Eupatorium capillifolium, Pluchea camphorata, Rhynchospora corniculata, and Panicum verrucosum.[4]


I. triloba has been observed flowering from September to October.[4][5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

This species is considered a Restricted Noxious Weed in Arizona and a Noxious Weed in Florida and Arkansas. It is considered a Plant Pest in South Carolina and a U.S. weed.[2]

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 USDA Plants Database URL: https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=IPTR2
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: May 2018. Collectors: Travis MacClendon, Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, Floyd Griffith, Geo Wilder, Boothes, Andre F. Clewell, R. Komarek, J. M. Kane, John B. Nelson, and Pat Ferral. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington. Georgia: Thomas. South Carolina: Georgetown.
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 19 MAY 2021